Thread #FreedomToVoteAct
From a #Security and #Technology POV, there are some excellent points in the new version & some very concerning ones.

Preprinted #handmarkedpaperballots are required in the polling place!! This is something many of us fought for
Voting systems that can print on ballots after they are cast are prohibited - but the provision is weak. It can be "through mechanical means or through independently verified protections." I believe that means it is allowed, but you have to check if it's happening. Not great.
The voter's privacy must be maintained. That's great!
Recounts & audits of federal elections must be done by hand - that would be great - except they weaken it by saying, "or at least those ballots the machine could not count" meaning probably just overvotes and undervotes. That's really weak.
There's 1 really concerning provisions. All states must start processing & scanning ballots 2 weeks before the election.
Processing is fine, but once ballots are scanned, the totals are there for those who want to cheat & look at them. #FreedomToVoteAct
The bill says it is can not be construed to permit tabulating and releasing election results before the end of election day, But we know that in the past when ballots have been scanned early, election officials have cheated & looked at the totals.
According to Candice Hoke, Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and an expert on laws governing election technologies.
“[This well meant provision] ... could … undermine election security. Election officials would likely be subject to great pressure...
...from Party officials to run early AB reports & surreptitiously share them … [The attached Cleveland State University Center for Election Integrity report excerpt] documents the early printing of absentee ballot reports in violation of State law.…
... The report also documents the express promises the Cuyahoga Board of Elections Director (Michael Vu, now in San Diego’s election office) made to a State court and to the SoS that no early tabulations/reports would be generated.”
In other words, election officials will promise that no one is looking at the results early, & then some of them will likely look at the results early. Those who cheat will have an undue advantage & the means to change results if they choose. This will undermine confidence.
There's one other provision that is understandable, but still could have unintended negative consequences.

There is requirement that voting systems allow voters to verify & cast their paper ballot without requiring them to "manually handle the paper ballot".
It's useful for those with manual dexterity issues, but the voting machines that can do this now, are the hybrid voting machines that also pass the ballot back under the print head after it's cast. That is (kind of) prohibited elsewhere in the bill. Confusing.#FreedomToVoteAct

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24 Apr
1. "Yesterday was such a frustrating day that by evening I had to go to bed with chest pains..."

Thread. What is a #Hybrid #VotingMachine & Why Do I Care?…
#SMARTelections #ElectionProtection
2. "It started out a good day. The day before I celebrated my 14th anniversary with my husband. The cherry blossom tree we planted in the backyard was exploding in pink taffy balls, and the smell of the lilies he got me floated through the living room as I walked to my desk."
3. "From there it went downhill pretty quickly ... For the last 2 years, I have been trying to protect New York voters, and voters across the country from a particularly “bad” type of voting machine known as a “hybrid”.

What is a “hybrid” voting machine?"
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23 Mar
Thread 1. Where has Tracy Campbell documented #ElectionFraud in the US? I made a list of a few places.
Page numbers are from "Deliver the Vote"

San Francisco
MA (Constitution)
New York (p. 64) multiple listings
Arkansas (p. 65)
Mississippi (p. 88)
“Venal” Indiana (p. 95)W. Virginina (p. 95)
Alabama (p. 100, 158)
Louisiana (p. 103)
Wilmington Riots (p. 105)
Louisville KY (p. 106) multiple listings
North Carolina (p. 104)
3. Rhode Island “a state for sale” “bribery of voters with cash at the polls.”
(p. 136)
Adams County OH, (p. 143)
Terre Haute IN (P. 147- 149)
10th Congressional District of PA “wholesale fraud” (1918) (p. 154)
Iowa (p. 157)
Texas (p. 223)
Georgia (p. 282) “extensive fraud”
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Thread. 1. Biden’s #BloodySunday Order an Important Step in Promoting Voter Access… via @civilrightsorg
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2 Mar
#HR1 #S1 #Amendments - all passed today
includes a new amendment to study #Blockchain voting
amendment #39
Directs the Election Assistance Commission (@EACgov) to conduct a study regarding the use of blockchain technology to enhance voter security in Federal elections.
Requires a sufficient number of ballot marking machines equipped for individuals with disabilities, as defined by the Election Assistance Commission in consultation with the Access Board and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, for all in person voting options.
9. Bourdeaux (GA)
...ensures that the number of drop boxes and geographical distribution of drop boxes provide a reasonable opportunity for voters to submit their ballot; permits for the security of drop boxes through remote or electronic surveillance.
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#SolarWinds hack. Thread.
1. Dominion Voting Systems, a voting machine vendor used in #Election2020, is a Solar Winds client. It does not use Orion, the product at the center of the hack. via attorney Paul Lehto

Solar Winds list of clients is now hidden…
2. Unknown if #hacking investigation is expanding to all #SolarWinds clients, like Dominion Voting Systems.
#ElectionSecurity #ElectionProtection #Election2020results
3. "early signs indicate the reach of the stealthy supplychain attack will have substantial aftershocks; #SolarWinds claims to have 300,000 customers, inc. /National Security Agency all 5 branches of the U.S. military & entities in /health tech telecommunications media & finance"
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31 Aug 20
Thread 1.
#LosAngeles Done listening to 3 hours of testimony & public comments about the LA Voting System. Incredible that in all that time not a single member of the public testified with any kind of enthusiasm for the voting system. #VSAP #SecurityFail #LaVotes #SMARTelections
2. Instead ppl noted:
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- The method that #security experts recommend: #HandMarkedPaperBallots is not being offered.
- the system is tabulating #QRcodes, something banned in CO
3. I noted: The new system makes it impossible to audit and/or recount. A group that wanted to recount a race that was won by 16 votes was unable to - because of the cost estimate of 200k due to the way the new system stores ballots.… #DontCertifyVSAP
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